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Clay Matthews: Adrian Peterson won't rush for 200 yards again

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1/3/2013 1:01:23 PM
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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 409 yards in two games against the Packers this season, including 199 last Sunday, Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews says Peterson won't be racking up big yards against their defense again, according to Lindsay Jones of USA Today.

"We aren't giving up 200 again," Matthews said Wednesday.

Matthews said the defensive game plan is simple: Stop the man known as "All Day." Matthews said the fact that Peterson had a season-high 34 carries in Week 17 — he averaged 5.9 yards a rush — affected everything Green Bay's defense tried to do.

"We want to take (Peterson) out of the mix. That's definitely the game plan," Matthews said. "If we can limit those carries and force Christian Ponder to beat us, then that's the game plan we're going to play. We need to do a better job of stopping the run, and we will do that. And that will help us get after the quarterback."

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